IZ*ONE contract extension talks fall through, will disband in April

Their last group activity will be the online concert ‘ONE, THE STORY’.

K-pop girl group IZ*ONE will disband after their contract with CJ ENM expires next month.

In early January, the group’s management agencies Off The Record and Swing Entertainment said they had been discussing a potential extension of the group’s contracts. IZ*ONE consist of members from a variety of labels and were formed through the reality competition Produce 48, under a two-and-a-half-year contract.

“We are collecting the opinions of the artists and their agencies regarding IZ*ONE’s future activities,” their management said at the time to The Korea Herald.

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However, it seems like the discussions have fallen through as Off The Record and Swing Entertainment confirmed on March 10 that IZ*ONE will disband in April as planned, after the expiration of their contracts.

“IZ*ONE’s official fan cafe, content and social media will operate until the end of the project, and future plans [for these platforms] will be announced via a separate statement later on,” they said, as translated by Soompi. The companies also expressed their gratitude towards the 12-member group’s fan club, the WIZ*ONE, for their continued support.

IZ*ONE are set to wrap up their two-and-a-half-year career with the two-day online concert ‘ONE, THE STORY’, which takes place on on March 13 and 14. “The IZ*ONE members are currently working their hardest to meet fans at the concert,” the agencies added.

Over the course of their two-and-a-half-year career, IZ*ONE released four mini-album and one full-length studio album in Korean, as well as several Japanese-language projects. Their latest release was the single ‘Zero:Attitude’, a collaboration with SISTAR‘s Soyou and rapper pH-1.

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